I have had the pleasure of working for the department since I was a graduate student in the Spring of 1998. I have learned so much since my days in the classroom and have worn many hats. Behaviorist, Inclusion Specialist, Development Specialist, Parent Educator, Social Skills Specialist, PTSA President, Secretary, Financial Secretary, Event Planner, Parks & Recreation Commissioner, Swim Instructor, Life Coach, and Recreation Therapist to name a few. I have learned so much over the course of my career and research. Where I have learned the most is as a wife and mother. I have been married for 24 years and have 4 amazing kids. My oldest Kazz is 24, Kole is 19, Kaiya 10, and Kruzz 9 this October. I once told my oldest I feel like I play because of them. He responded, "that's funny I always thought we played because of you." It's like the chicken and the egg phenomenon!! I have witness the miracles of play firsthand across the life spectrum. From a babies first smile to one's last breath elements of play were at hand. I look forward to sharing with you what I have learned about play, recreation, and leisure and their role in our lives and the quality of our health.
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